Pros Vs Cons of Transition Lenses

Learn how Transition Lenses can help you see things the way they were meant to be seen. If you have poor vision and opt for glasses, you know the danger inherent in taking them off. Your poor specs end up lost or you’re walking into walls. When the sun is shining, this can be a problem. You’re either blinded by the light or constantly switching between glasses and prescription sunglasses.

To combat this conundrum, many people opt for photochromic lenses, also known as Transitions lenses. The lenses adjust to changes in light to optimize eyesight. When you’re exposed to ultraviolet light, the lenses darken to resemble sunglasses. When you return indoors and at night, the lenses revert back to their original clear state. Because the lenses only darken in response to the short wave lengths in sunlight, you don’t have to worry about artificial indoor light triggering the darkening effect at inopportune times. If you’re debating about purchasing transitions lenses, read on for our list of pros and cons. But first watch this video to give you a sense of how Transition Lenses work

Transition Lenses Pros

There are a lot of benefits with transition lenses, here are our favorite:

  • Since the lenses automatically adapt to light conditions, they reduce eye strain and fatigue indoors and squinting in sunlight. The rapidly changing lenses can also lessen glare by regulating the amount of natural light you are exposed to. The degree of darkening depends upon the amount of light. You’ll never be stuck with uncomfortable shades that let too much or too little light in.
  • Transitions lenses darken within a mere 30 seconds and turn clear again just as fast. They maintain about 5-percent residual tint when indoors.
  • Light sensitivity is reduced, because the lenses protect the eye from harmful UV rays. Reducing exposure to UV rays lowers the risk of cataracts and other age-related eye issues. The level of protection adjusts itself depending on the needs of your eyes.
  • This lens is available in brown and gray variable tints to suit your personal style.
  • They’re also available in most lightweight lens materials and can apply to all forms of lenses, such as single, bifocal, and progressive lenses.
  • The lenses can save you money as you don’t need to buy separate prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses.
  • Your vision will be crisper and colors will appear more vivid in sunlight.
  • At the Spectacle Shoppe we strongly promote transitions lenses for situations where you are indoors and outdoors within minutes, such as window shopping or having lunch on an outdoor patio. You won’t need to do the sunglasses-eyeglasses shuffle, which inevitably results in forgetting your spectacles somewhere.
  • Transitions lenses are ideal for children who have difficulty juggling more than one pair of lenses. Since eye damage results from your lifetime exposure to UV rays, protecting children while they are young can ward off problems in the future.

Transition Lenses Cons

There aren’t too many reasons not to purchase transitions lenses. However, for the sake of argument here are a few:

  • They don’t work in a car because the windshield blocks the UV rays that are necessary to initiate the lenses’ darkening mechanism. However, some manufacturers currently have car-friendly lenses in the works. If you own a convertible you can ignore this point.
  • You may have to take off your glasses for outdoor photos. Since the lenses darken as soon as you walk outside, your eyes will be obscured in pictures. If you’re trying to cultivate the rock star look, you can add this to the pro column.

Find Transition Lenses In Vancouver

Whether you think Transition Lenses will work for you or would rather stick with your standard lenses, stop by the Spectacle Shoppe in Vancouver for expert care and advice. We specialize in glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, and eyewear accessories. For a worry-free online shopping experience, visit

Morgan Nahanee
Morgan Nahanee


Morgan is The Spectacle Shoppe’s Lead Technician and Customer Relations Specialist as well as a Principle of Spectacle Shoppe. She is a licensed contact lens fitter and dispensing optician and has been working for The Spectacle Shoppe since 2006. She graduated from Douglas College’s two year Dispensing Optician and Contact Lens Fitting Program in 2008. From contact lens fitting to eyeglass repairs and adjustments Morgan is eager to help you with any optical needs. Connect with Morgan Nahanee on Google+